National Geographic : 2009 Sep
• OASIS OF ORDER Central-bank staff inspect newly printed Somaliland shillings, an independent currency created in 1994, a few years after Somaliland broke away from chaotic southern Somalia. Somaliland's fledgling government has managed to successfully crack down on pirates with a robust arrest policy. Last year authorities detained a crew led by Farah Ismail Eid (below, at left), now serving a 15-year sentence in Mandhera Prison. Rebuilt after dictator Mohamed Siad Barre bombed it flat in the late 1980s, Hargeysa is in the midst of a construc- tion boom---with hotels like the City Center (bottom right)---mostly financed by returning expatriates. But experts worry Islamic extremists may be infiltrating Somaliland: In October 2008 suicide bombers struck locations across the capital.